College of Arts and Sciences

English Graduate Program

The Department of English offers the Master of Arts in English. Our program emphasizes literature, writing studies, and cultural studies. Students in the graduate program in English collaborate with our graduate faculty to develop an individualized plan of study which suits their scholarly and professional goals.

Our graduate students find success in many fields including:

  • Careers in professional writing and publishing
  • Community college teaching
  • Satisfying continuing education requirements in secondary education
  • Scholarly accomplishment leading to admission in top doctoral programs around the nation

Why Choose English at WIU?

  • Apply Now. Small classes
  • Individual, one-on-one mentorship
  • Face-to-Face, online, evenings and hybrid classes
  • Full-time or part-time options
  • A rich, diverse department culture of conferences, colloquiums, roundtables, and talks
  • Funding packages available (teaching assistantships), with tuition waivers and living stipends for full-time students
  • Two campuses: Macomb & Quad Cities

Graduation Requirements

  • Passing grade for 30 credits of coursework
  • Completion of one Exit Option
    • Applied Research Project
    • Comprehensive Exam or
    • Thesis
  • Application Requirements
    • Application Form
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    • Transcripts
    • Writing Sample